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Meaning of CONTEMPT

Pronunciation:  kun'tempt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a willful disobedience to or disrespect for the authority of a court or legislative body
  2. [n]  a manner that is generally disrespectful and contemptuous
  3. [n]  open disrespect for a person or thing
  4. [n]  lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike; "he was held in contempt"; "the despite in which outsiders were held is legendary"
 

CONTEMPT is a 8 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: despite, disdain, disrespect, scorn, scorn
 
 See Also: contempt of Congress, contempt of court, discourtesy, discourtesy, dislike, disobedience, disrespect, leer, noncompliance, rudeness, sneer

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Con*tempt"\ (?; 215), n. [L. contemptus, fr.
contemnere: cf. OF. contempt. See {Contemn}.]
1. The act of contemning or despising; the feeling with which
   one regards that which is esteemed mean, vile, or
   worthless; disdain; scorn.

         Criminal contempt of public feeling.  --Macaulay.

         Nothing, says Longinus, can be great, the contempt
         of which is great.                    --Addison.

2. The state of being despised; disgrace; shame.

         Contempt and begarry hangs upon thy back. --Shak.

3. An act or expression denoting contempt.

         Little insults and contempts.         --Spectator.

         The contempt and anger of his lip.    --Shak.

4. (Law) Disobedience of the rules, orders, or process of a
   court of justice, or of rules or orders of a legislative
   body; disorderly, contemptuous, or insolent language or
   behavior in presence of a court, tending to disturb its
   proceedings, or impair the respect due to its authority.

Note: Contempt is in some jurisdictions extended so as to
      include publications reflecting injuriously on a court
      of justice, or commenting unfairly on pending
      proceedings; in other jurisdictions the courts are
      prohibited by statute or by the constitution from thus
      exercising this process.

Syn: Disdain; scorn; derision; mockery; contumely; neglect;
     disregard; slight.

 
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